‘It's breaking quite big social taboos’ violence against women and girls and self-defense training in Nepal

Elsevier, Women's Studies International Forum, Volume 64, September 2017
Standing K., Parker S., Bista S.
Given the increased vulnerability to, and rise in reports of, sexual violence in post-disaster situations this article seeks to explore the role of self-defense programmes as a response to addressing violence against women and girls. It draws on the authors’ experience of post-earthquake Nepal in 2015. We argue that self-defense training can play a crucial role in challenging normative gender roles, raising confidence and self-esteem in girls and women during and post disaster, and call for further research to take place at the local level to explore this important issue further.